Elizabeth Towner

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Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor
fl7786@wayne.edu

Administrative Title

Assistant Professor, Full-time

Office Address

6135 Woodward
iBio Building

Office Phone

313-577-1080

Biography

Elizabeth Towner is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Division of Behavioral Sciences at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Towner is trained as a clinical and pediatric psychologist. Her research focuses broadly on pediatric obesity, health equity, and developing family-based health behavioral interventions. Her recent work includes partnerships with the Michigan Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to develop preschool obesity interventions, interdisciplinary collaborations to develop innovative approaches for increasing the efficiency and consistency of screening for pediatric obesity in primary care settings, and identifying food purchasing patterns, resource management skills, and routines that increase obesity risk among low-income families with preschool-aged children. Dr. Towner also facilitates the Family-Pediatrician Partnership, a community advisory board of caregivers, health care providers, and other community stakeholders that is dedicated to identifying strategies for reducing obesity-related inequities in early childhood in Detroit.

Please see Dr. Towner's CV.

Research Description

Current Research

"Developing a Preschool Obesity Intervention for Families Enrolled in WIC"
1R21HD078890-01 NIH
Partnership with the Michigan WIC program


Biography
Education

O’Grady Residency in Pediatric Psychology - 2008-2009
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
APA Accredited

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan - 2006-2009
Graduate: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
APA Accredited

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan - 2003-2006
Graduate: M.S. in Clinical Behavioral Psychology
APA Accredited

The George Washington University, Washington DC - 1998- 2002
Undergraduate: B.S. in Psychology (Honors)

Postgraduate Training

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Obesity - 2012-2013
The Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center/The Miriam Hospital/Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine - 2011-2012
The Miriam Hospital/Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Child Behavior & Nutrition - 2009-2011
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Faculty Appointments

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan - Aug 2013 - present
Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Prevention Research Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Research-Educator Track)


Affiliated Departments